Alex’s December holiday picks

Alex’s December holiday picks

Our assistant editor is split between gourmands and fresh greens for her holiday perfume picks.

My holiday favourites tend to split pretty evenly between rich, yummy and edible (think hot chocolate, gingerbread and pomegranate) or crisp, fresh and green (freshly fallen snow, pine trees, crisp cold air). So naturally my holiday gift wish (to both give and get this holiday season) is similarly split.

Rich and edible


I can’t resist an indulgent and decadent hot chocolate—all the better when all you have to do is add warm milk and a couple gourmet marshmallows. If you’re looking for a gift a little less luxe—but no less delicious and holiday scented—try a package of ginger thins. For a touch of the gourmand without the calories, try a vanilla scented candle. You’ll get all the sweet, holiday vibes as well as a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Williams-Sonoma Double Dark Hot Chocolate & Vanilla Marshmallows Set, $56, PEPPARKAKA Ginger thins in tin, $6, WoodWick Vanilla Bean Hourglass Candle, $30,

Crisp and green


Pine is one of my favourite smells all year round, so it makes sense that I get very excited come December. The best gift you can get someone who loves the smell of pine is, of course, a freshly picked Christmas tree, but the second best is a pine-scented candle. For a beauty pick, try a minty fresh lip balm or bring a little bit of the magical outdoors in, with a pretty and festive art print.
Thymes Frasier Fir Pine Needle Candle, $40, Saje Wellness Tingle Lips Lip Balm, $5, Winter tree art print, $26,

Looking for more holiday gifting ideas? Make sure to read the latest issue of TW&TR digital magazine!


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Alexandra Donaldson is the editorial assistant at The Whale & The Rose and a freelance writer and content creator. Although she recently took up yoga in an effort to be a healthy adult, she still binge-watches cartoons on a regular basis and dreams of running away to a cottage in the woods. She has yet to nail down her favourite perfume, but knows that it smells green, earthy and maybe a little bit spicy, but definitely not sweet.